Letters to the Editor week of 2-25-10


Computer lessons

 To the Editor:

Can an old dog learn new tricks? Sometimes, Maybe-if the old dog opens up her mind. Can a young dog teach an old dog new tricks? Sometimes, maybe-if the old dog opens up her mind and listens.

Those young dogs have been trying to do just that in the computer lab at the high school. Taking their time to try to bring some of us into computer lingo and use. I have found the workshops very enlightening and worthwhile and want to thank the students and their instructors for spending their evenings at school when they could be doing other things. These students hover around like old mother hens to make sure each person has a successful experience with no rolling of the eyes or smirk. These are great kids.

I was rather annoyed to have to miss last Thursday night’s presentation because of the weather but Debbie Seaver, computer instructor, took the time to let me know that the class had been  rescheduled to this Thursday night. Power Point is the subject this week-whatever that is.

So, if you have been wanting to learn a little about the computer or brush up on your skills, I am sure there is room for you on Thursday night. They seem to make room for everybody and what a great service for the community to have this opportunity.

No computer geek, but trying to learn all I can in my senility.

Carolyn Wainscott

Near Pleasant

Enterprise history

To the Editor:

In a recent article on East Enterprise, Martha Bladen said on towards Vevay, on the right, was another garage, but she didn’t remember the name. It was my uncle’s – Dailey Brown – and after he died, his son ran it until his death, Raymond, but everyone called him Pete. He was a good mechanic.

Dailey’s wife, Arlena, was Pearl (Cole) Byram’s sister. Pearl is 95 years old now. Arlena (Cole) Brown is deceased, but owned Brown’s Restaurant most of her life.

One time Tom Selleck came into her restaurant. He was in the area, wild turkey hunting.

Diana Kay Byram


Good samaritan

Dear Editor:

My grandmother is a resident of the lovely East Enterprise and is recently retired. During this treacherous snow season, she was unable to plow or shovel her driveway.

I’m writing to thank the person who mysteriously plowed it for her. If it wasn’t for them, she would have been snowed in. Thank you.

It’s nice to know that there are good samaritans out there willing to help the elderly. I would love to know who it was so that we can thank them personally.

Thank you.

Natasha Durstock

East Enterprise

Read ordinances

To the Editor:

In the last few weeks there has been quite an uproar over the latest ordinances adopted by the county and the towns of Vevay and Patriot.

There has also been plenty of rumor and emotion to go with it. That is human and very understandable. But short of the editor’s advice to calm down, I’ve seen very little advice to do more.

Read it! Read is slowly and understand it . . . then stay calm. If you can. A word of warning though, this will probably send your blood pressure through the roof.

What is the design temperature supposed to be in your home? Ordinance- section 602.2,602.3 pg. 26.

What is the access from bedrooms? Ord.- section 404.4.2 pg. 24.

How far will farms be from towns? Comprehensive plan pg. 28.

Are the fines only $100? Ord.-section 106.4 pg. 11/section 207 pg. 7.

What is the preeminent problem? Comp. Plan pg. 102.

Three things need to be done by every resident in the county, whether thy own or rent, or even just run a business in the county; it is that important.

1) Read both the Comprehensive plan and the ordinances. You’ll see one just follows the other. This won’t be easy or quick, but is necessary. Read it and understand it; ask for help if you need to.

2) Make it a point to attend as many planning and zoning meetings as possible. From roughly 9,500 residents in this county, less than 1 percent came up with this. You can’t change it unless you make your voice heard.

3) Also make it a point to attend all the commissioners meetings as possible. They ran for t he office, and they have to hear the public.

After reading these you should see a few things: Those who came up with the plan and ordinances were probably counting on it not being read thoroughly. After all, why else would Mr. Frankel have gotten so angry over justified resistance to the “masterpiece” as he calls it. There is no way the commissioners read this completely, and make me really wonder if they read Comprehensive plan. Also that clean up (which is what everybody wants) is only going to be a side effect of the method used -Comp. Plan pg. 103 section B/pg. 108. Possibly a very costly one for everyone and the county.

I agree that we need some kind of plan here, but this one as presented isn’t it. As anyone who has bought something substantial (house, car, equipment, etc.) knows, just because you need something, it doesn’t mean you buy the first one to come along.

James Thompson

Long Run

Original letter

Dear Editor:

A letter published last week over my signature had been amended effectively to mute a point you made in a prior column which I was trying to reiterate: that the privilege to receive advanced formal education and good dental care does not entitle a man to get above his raisin’. Perhaps you considered my method inappropriate; or too nuanced; or (and this is doubtful) perhaps you missed the point.

To refuse publication of a letter to the editor is the healthy exercise of a free press. But to change a letter and then attribute it to the writer by printing it over his signature is an abuse of that freedom. Please do not construe this as a declaration of war against Vevay Newspapers. My unalterable rule is to follow Mark Twain’s advice: “Never pick a fight with a man who buys his ink by the barrel.” Therefore, if I inadvertently have committed an act of war, please accept my immediate, unconditional surrender.

My first reaction to the editing of my letter w as to cancel my subscription and ask that you send my unused subscription fee to the County Animal Shelter. But that would have been unfair. So, I decided to try again. Here is the original unaltered text of my letter:


As a citizen of this county, I encourage the Commissioners to dispense with further advice from this condescending fellow, “Bruce Frankel, PhD, AICP, Professor of Urban Planning, Ball State University.”


James F. Hillis

Dartmouth College, B.A., cum laude

University of Michigan Law School

J.D., Law Review, Order of the Coif

(For dental records, see Doc Findley)

Head o’ Plum Creek Holler



Jim Hillis

Plum Creek Vevay

Proud parent

To the Editor:

I just wanted to express how very proud I am of our Switzerland County varsity boys’ basketball team and their coaches for the sportsmanship they displayed at last Wednesday night’s game against Lawrenceburg. I have never in my life witnessed such bias by three officials. I want our boys to know that they had no control over the outcome of that game – it was decided before it ever began. It is hard to come out on top when it is eight against five.

I think that our boys carried themselves very well considering what they were up against and the way they were treated by the officials during the game. I strongly believe that game would not have fallen the same way in any other gym with any other referees. We know it and they know it.

Boys – you truly are a Class Act!

Proud Pacer mom.

                                               Mickie Furnish

Near Vevay